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Raging Thunder. This operator has various adventure packages: dive and snorkel on the Barrier Reef; glide over the Mareeba Valley in a hot-air balloon; horseback ride or white-water raft through the hinterland's rugged gorges; hike and bungee-jump on the Atherton Tablelands; or sea kayak around Fitzroy Island. Some tours can be combined with a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve. Pricing varies vastly by activity, season, and other factors. 52–54 Fearnley St., Portsmith, Cairns, QLD, 4870. 07/4030–7990. www.ragingthunder.com.au.
RnR White Water Rafting. This operator runs white-water rafting expeditions for adults on the Barron, North Johnstone, and Tully rivers, as well as reef and rain-forest trips, horse rides, ATV tours, balloon rides, and more. Prices start at A$133 for a half-day's Barron River rafting tour, and there's an additional A$25 rafting charge on whitewater excursions. All gear and safety equipment is provided. CBD, Cairns, QLD, 4870. 07/4041–9444. www.raft.com.au.